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restoring, or finding. the original 'file created' date

Q: restoring, or finding. the original 'file created' date

It seems that file backup software resets the file created date to the date of the backup; in this case the critical files are .CAD (AutoCad) files, and I need to know when the project began. It was several years ago, and I do not recall the backup programs that were used, and old HDs were wiped; recovery attempts indicate - no .CAD files or fragments. Is there a way to find or restore the original file created date...?

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A: restoring, or finding. the original 'file created' date

Try right clicking on the file, click on properties, and you should see the create date, as well as the last modify and access dates. This works for many types of files, although I don't know about .cad files. I use Ghost for backup, and it shows the last date modified by me, not the software (right click/properties is not available for the backup file).

If you don't have the file on your computer separate from the backup copy, depending on your backup software, you might be able to restore the file to a different location so as not to overwrite you current copy, then look at its properties.

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To me if a started a file a week ago be it a Word Document, or whatever then last week is when it was created. If the day after I do something to that file than that day is the date when that files has been changed, or as Windows puts it, 'modified'.
What bothers me is if I now make a copy of this file, a simple cut and paste, for example, its Properties will now tell me that the file was 'created' today. Well NO it wasn't created today it was only copied today. And that though this newly copied file may have been 'created' today that is misleading. To me very much so. Let's face it should the original file be deleted for whatever reason there is now no evidence as to when this file was actually begun (unless there is actual text within the file stating so) only when it was last accessed or last modified. Files are moved from one folder to another or to another subfolder or to another computer all of the time.
Doesn't anyone feel something is wrong with this? It is something that has bothered me since the beginning of time. Anyhow, is there a way of stopping windows from doing this? This would imply one or both of two things -1- Have the "Date created" not change when something is copied OR -2- Have an extra entry in its properties saying "Original date created" or 'Date copied" or something to that effect.

(One would think that in this day and age of Identity theft, High-tech forgeries and high-tech CSI forensics such a detail would be important)

A:How to keep the original date of a file created as is when it's copied

After a quick google search i found this it may be helpful it may not: How to preserve file attributes when one copies files in Windows? - Super User

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In Windows XP, I could always overwrite a file with a new one, but keep the date created from the original file. I noticed Windows 7 just overwrites it and puts the new date as the date created. Is there any way to change an option or anything that will keep the original date created? Just wondering because the original dates are important to me.

A:How to overwrite an old file, but keep the original date created?

Are you sure you're looking at "date created" and not "date modified" at the top of the column?

You can right-click the title at the head of any column and ass additional attributes to display in Windows Explorer to get the columns you want displayed.

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Help! I am using a Seagate Central 4TB NAS drive attached to my router via Ethernet. It has been working fine so far for all kinds of file activities. But whenever I modify a file in one of its folders, the creation date for the file also updates and is
changed to the same time as the new modified date.
Maybe relevant details:
I can move/copy folders to the drive and they maintain their created dates.
It happens for both a private user share on the NAS and for the Public share on it.
It happens for at least image files and text files.
I am able to edit files across two computers on the network just fine, the create date stays the same.
This happens from a new Windows 10 machine and Vista machine both.
I notice sometimes the date created seems to stay same until I access the file the next time.
I can't update the NAS firmware because of error.

If it could be a permissions problem, I have been unable to change it from:
Everyone: Special Permissions only
nobody (Unix Group\nobody): Special Permissions only
nogroup (Unix Group\nogroup): Special Permissions only
(Those were there automatically, they are not something I manually put there. I get "Access is denied" whenever try to add permissions or change ownership.)

I have Googled many phrases of this problem far and wide and come up with nothing. I really need to save the original create date because that's how I sort them in programs like Windows Photo Gallery or Picasa. Does anyone know what's goin... Read more

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Hey 7-Forums!

I have my music library, a 20GB folder on my hard-drive, containing a few thousand mp3s.
I use iTunes to play them, and I've always sorted them (inside iTunes) using the "Date Modified" property.

As a result of this sorting order, say,
if I found out an old song had the wrong name, or simply missing a capital letter and
corrected this, the song would move up to the top of my iTunes library because it is now the "newest".

This bothered me, so I decided to change the "Date Modified" of all my mp3s back to the original date:
the same as the "Date Created" of the file, using ATTRIBUTE CHANGER 7.
Unfortunately, I did not pay attention to what I was doing with the Attribute Changer and instead of changing the "Date Modified", I accidentally reset the "Date Created" of all the files to now.

This means that all timestamps were reset and my organized library is now f*cked.


Does anyone know how to undo timestamp changes??

A:Restoring "Date Created" timestamp after accidentally changing it.

Hi and welcome to the seven forum. Have you tried a system restore to a date before you made the changes

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I created a photoshop file, whith its layers, saved it on the desktop. Came back to my computer 2 hours later and found that my comp had recovered from a bluescreen crash. when i opened up the photoshop file i losts all the layers?

How can i restore the original file i was working on?

Many Thanks

A:Restoring amended file to its original

its ok, once i restarted vista my layers were restored! delete this useless thread mod.

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Please help with this question about file date-created VS date-modified in Windows 7.

Suppose a file is created at time1.

How come Windows7 reports "date created" as "time1" and "date modified" as "time2" where "time2" is a time earlier than time1?

See the attached file, "WindowsDateIssue201203061503.png", for an example.


-- Mark Kamoski

A:file date-created VS date-modified where modified < created

If you (/your computer) have not played with system time:

That means that file is a copy of a file created earlier.

To confirm, find an old file and copy it to another folder/disc.
Check the dates.

This situation can also occur with some archives (depending on your settings).

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I was was working on an excel sheet from a usb that was accidentally knocked out. I put the usb back in straight away and clicked save on the sheet, various information windows popped up saying the file location couldnt be found and a temporary file was created, the window suggested restoring the file and saving it as a renamed file (currently the system called it by a random assortment of about 8 numbers that a stupidly didn't copy down)

I followed other forum advice to open the terminal and command "open /tmp" or "open $TMPDIR" neither of these paths led to the correct temp file.

Any help is much appreciated.

A:Finding/ restoring temporary file on Mac

*edit* the file is also missing from the usb

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Hi guys, I am new here and I would like to clarify a few things.

As the title suggested, is there a way to find the original creation date on a file which has been copied and pasted. Here were the steps I took.

1. Copied documents from PC to external hard drive
2. Deleted documents on PC.
3. Connected ext hd to my laptop and booted up the files
4. Right clicked properties to view the creation date, which shows the current date instead of the original date.

So from what I know, the "date created" is the date which I copied and pasted into the external hard drive, right?

Is there a way to find out the ORIGINAL date created from my laptop? I have since deleted the orignal document from my PC.

Many thanks in advance.

A:How do I find the original date creation on a file?

Hello, if I understand your question correctly, date created is when the file was moved. Odd, however I just tried it myself on my own two partitions. Date modified is when the file was modified/made(assuming no other modifications to the file were made.)

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I have to move a few thousand files and folders from my desktop to external USB hard drives to free up space on the desktop drive.

I need to keep the original folder and file dates. When I copy or move folders, Windows changes the folder date, but does keep the file date (created, modified and last accessed now become the current date.)

Is there any "tweak" in Windows I can do in order to keep all the dates accurate?

I've even tried a couple backup programs to move/copy files, and the folder date is changed to the current date in all three categories as above.

WinXP Pro

Thank you

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Apologies for the title - I tried to encompass my problem.

Basically, it's this:

I have a drive that I need to copy all the data from and move to a larger drive (1TB DAS moved to a 6TB NAS device). I need to preserve the folder's date created and (if possible) modified attributes, as the data being copied is a WIP folder for a big CGI
project, and it's important to be able to track and find specific info/folders via date created... essentially the job is ongoing for another 6/7 months.

So, normal copy/paste won't do... thanks to this forum :) I've used Xcopy and worked out how to migrate the data and keep the all the new/copy folder's date created and modified attributes in line with the original/source. 

Meaning I can make a perfect copy with folder dates that match.

However (and this is where I am head scratching), as soon as any new data is added into the copy folder, it's attributes change... not only the folder's modified date (which I was expecting) but also the date created folder.

This is a problem as the folders will have new data added to them on an ongoing basis... but, as both modified and created dates change to the time the new file is added, it causes issues when finding specific nested folders via creation date.

Example: Copy folder (done today via Xcopy) shows creation and modified date as per the source of 11/12/2012. As soon as any file is added into that folder, it updates modified and creation to the time the file w... Read more

A:How to maintain Folder attributes (date created/modified) on a 'Copy' - when a new file is added

BTW - with the Xcopy, it was a 2 stage process. /s/e/k first then a copy over but using /d/t/e/k. Copying in the first pass and then overwriting the folders in the second pass (with the correct creation date).

Thanks for the Robocopy/mir tip... that will work for bulk copying the data... sadly, when it's on the NAS, any additions to the folder change the creation date. Pretty sure it's the NAS file system (or lack of compatibility).

Going to test some spurious data using some other DAS drives - as I think it's the NAS (as per Lacie's reply).

Now I need to find a NAS that'll handle NTFS.

But at least I feel I'm getting somewhere now - thanks :)


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The title is self-explanatory. So far, I found a software that is able to change this called 'Attribute Changer' but it only changes the date modified in the folder and, when you go into the actual word application > file > info, the date created and modified are not changed. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

A:Changing 'date created' and 'date modified' in Microsoft Word 2013

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I'm thinking this should be easy, but it isn't turning out that way.

Computer A is dying, has a current File History. I am setting up Computer B and I want to use File History on B to restore from A. Instead, B can't see A's File History and just insists on creating its own. I don't want it to corrupt the backup on A's history

So the File History of A is on an external drive. I connect the external drive to B and go to File History. B just wants to write a File History of B and can't see the ones created by A.

Help, please!

Or am I just better off copying everything to an external drive and then copying it back to the new laptop?

A:Restoring from File History created on old computer to a new computer

Originally Posted by Smiley1

Or am I just better off copying everything to an external drive and then copying it back to the new laptop?

Yes. What you are trying is impossible, file history is individual on each machine even if you had same folder structure and user account. It can't be copied to another machine.

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Please help with this question about file data created VS date modifed in Windows 7.

Suppose a file is created at time1.

How come Windows7 reports "date created" as "time1" and "date modified" as "time2" where "time2" is a time earlier than time1?

See the attached file, "WindowsDateIssue201203061503.png", for an example.


-- Mark Kamoski

A:date-created VS date-modified on Windows 7

Good question, but it does not effect the performance of the computer.
An explanation could be the DLL file could be updated via a recent Windows update and it was last modified date was inherited from the previous file that has been overwritten.

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I spent some time searching the forums but did not find any post that answered my question so I am starting a new thread.

Windows Explorer is changing my original file's date when I do a drag-and-drop copy operation. I would like to know how I can tell Win7 to not change the original file date.

A:"Date Modified" changes on original file when copying

What problem is this causing?

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I want to add a "Date File Created" to all the files on my computer like I did on XP, but can't find where to change the settings. Can anybody help with this.

A:How to add "Date File Created"

I've solved the problem. Thanks anyway.

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I have a asus laptop K53s, booted up while pressing F9, which loaded up files on this windows 7 computer, chose language and restore to whole partition, next screen Restore starts and gets to 19% every time, then I get the error message, reties then goes
to 20%, then same error message
Image X for Windows
19% applying Progress Time remaining
{Retry} Restoring S:\ Program Data\ Microsoft\ OEM\Office14\Office14\Proofing_ZH-TW\IME32.cab (Error=1117)
I have tried restoring from Image on disk, using Restore disks, I created when I bought the laptop and also from an Asus Recovery Disk.
After a While I get a large Error Message in Red.
Is their anything else I can do to resolve this problem so I can reinstall windows on this laptop.
I have also tried different power supplies, when I use the disks I always make the DVD drive as 1st boot device.
Thank you.
I tried to post a picture of the problem but it would not drop and I could not find a link to it online.

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how do I restore my computer to its original condition

A:restoring to original condition

Welcome to TSF....

Do a full recovery, and what is the make and model number of the computer you have?

Do you have the recovery software for this computer?

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Have had my Dell laptop five months now. During that time, I have downloaded various toolbars. How can I restore the original toolbar (i.e., icon to print, etc.)?

A:Restoring original toolbar

Hi have you tried clicking on tools then toolbars and unchecking all these extra ones.or simlpy removing them via programs and features

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I recently upgraded two PCs from 2000 to XP Pro. One machine had the Administrator account renamed to User1 originally and the upgrade to XP completed with success. The other PC kept the Administrator named the same but when XP asked for other user names, it left out the name Administrator [account] and now I am stuck with a second account with NONE of my originial settings like Outlook Express accounts, IE favorites.. etc.

What can I do to restore them or use the original Administator account? It isn't even a choice on the screen! ??!

A:Restoring Original Settings--HELP!

If you can access the folders of the account in question, here is a link to MS Knowledge Base that may help you. Whatever you end up doing you will have to have admin rights.


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Hello everyone, I have a problem and I hope you guys can help. Here's my situation:

First, my computer showed a black screen after attempting to load Windows. I called Dell support and they said to use the restore ability on the cd. Everything was good until about 2 days ago. I got a BSoD. The error code was Stop: 0x0000007E (0xc0000005, 0xF795B02A, 0xF7AB58F8, 0xF7AB55F4). Panicking, I rushed out and got an external harddrive and proceeded to back up my info as per Dell's recommendation. Then, I used what they said I should, the Ctrl+F11 combo at the Dell.com blue bar screen during boot up. I ran the restore partition to get the computer back to original manufacture's settings, but it said it didn't work. The computer rebooted and began the "You got a new computer" setup. I thought, ok, I'll do it and call Dell back later. Well, my brother got on and he said the screen went all crazy static-like while going online. I went online to see if I could call Dell back and my warranty has expired.... While searching for help online on that computer I got the same static screen my brother did. Now, here's what I'm asking.

1. Should I try to fix the computer with new drivers and such? or should I do an entire reformat and reinstall
2. When I do a reformat, should I just go ahead and get rid of all the other partitions like Dell restore and Media Direct since I don't use it?
3. Is there a way I can make the Media Direct button on the laptop boot in a different OS like... Read more

A:Restoring Windows to original

Please, someone, help me out here. 1 day without my XPS is like a lifetime of boredom! I'll add more info for the heck of it.

Comp specs:
2.0 GHz dual core Intel (forgot the exact type, maybe Centrino?)
Dell XPS M1210
1GB of RAM
Nvidia GeForce Go graphics card (forgot the number)

Yeah, I'm not at my laptop right now so I can't get everything.

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So about a week ago i partitioned my HD and put on windows vista, so i had vista on one and xp on the other. So when i pput on my computer it comes to the black screen and asks if to proceed with the windows vista or a previous version of windows ie xp
So after trying out vista for a while i wanted to remove it...so i did, and i partitioned the space back onto my drive...making it one again. So i turn on my computer...but the screen still comes up...and i have to press up to "previous version of window" to access xp.
How do i get back my orignal bootup process so it goes directly to xp without me having to press up and select it.
Anyone understand my problem?...any suggestions?

A:restoring original bootup help

Hi swami85, welcome to TSF..

there's a couple of ways to do this, but i'll explain the easiest way first:

- Click Start -> Run -> type:
- Click OK
- Select the BOOT.INI tab and then click the 'Check all boot paths' button
- If it detects the error in the boot.ini, a popup will appear asking if you want to remove it, click 'Yes'
- Click Appy then OK and restart your system and all should be ok now.

If you have any problems doing that, let me know and i'll instruct you how to edit the boot.ini file manually.

Hope that helps :)

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ive created an image on a second drive, i now want to use that image on my main drive over writing my OS as it is at the moment.
but when i go throught the restore nothing happens to my main drives OS it stays the same, i think what is happening is the restore is happening on the drive it was created from.
i dont get an option during restore of which drive to choose to restore too.
how do i go about this?


A:restoring image to a different created location

Hi there, have a look at this tutorial: System Image Recovery

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It's kinda hard to explain but now there's two 'C:\Users\Derick W\Documents', one that is the original and on that contains a copy of everything that is in 'C:\Users\Derick W'. I want to delete the extra Documents folder, but it wont let me. I get a message asking for permission, and then it fails to delete it. Also, the Documents link in my start menu is linked into this folder. Is there any way I can restore the way my 'C:\Users\Derick W' folder is supposed to be or at least delete this extra Documents folder?

If you need more info, just ask, I can post screen shots or w/e if needed. Thanks in advance.

I have also looked at the shell commands, but since I don't need to restore any of the folders I can't make use of them. If it were possible to delete the whole user folder and then restore it, I am willing to do that.

I also just noticed that the folder isnt 'C:\Users\Derick W', it's 'C:\Users\Documents'. I recall it being Derick W before and even when I try to create a Derick W folder it says that a folder named Documents already exists.

Sorry I'm a vista noob, lol I just got it yesterday.

A:Restoring original user folders

Hi Derick and welcome,

Maybe these tutorials will be of some help. Also, there are many more excellent tutorials by Brink that are very helpful in finding out how to do things.

Personal User Folder - Restore Missing Folder

User Profile Folders - Prevent or Allow Location Change

Take Ownership of file

Tutorials - Vista Forums

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How do you restore the original custom favicons for sites such as TSG, Yahoo and Google???

A:Restoring Original Custom Favicons

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Hey guys, I downloaded an alienware theme but didn't like the way it looked on my PC after I installed it so I removed it and now all my Icons are like jacked up and ugly lol.. For a text document it shows a printer ect ect. All messed up and I have no idea how to fix it! I have tried changing themes back and forth and rebooting my computer and I can't fix them! I have no idea what to do can someone please help me?! I hate my icons!

A:Restoring Original Vista Icons?

Sorry to bump this, I have tried searching Google and Yahoo and found nothing relevant..
Does anyone know cause it's driving me nuts..

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The harddrive on my TimelineX 4830 laptop stopped working, so i bought a new hard drive. I tried to make a bootable key for win7 with the product key on the back of my pc, but when doing so it said that i have to contact the manufacturer to get the info needed to restore my win7.
Do i need another product key or what do i do?
Thanks on beforehand
[edited for privacy-please do not post personal or unique information such as but not limited to full names, email addresses, phone numbers, full serial numbers, etc.]

A:Restoring the original windows 7 product key

if it's just system cann't boot up and hard drive isn't physical damaded, press f8 when power on your machine to enter recovery environment to restore system back from recovery partition with erecovery management. Or, press "alt+f10" when power on computer to enter boot menu and then choose system recovery. if system recovery fails, you can at least save critical data. create a bootable media to boot your computer up and move your import data out from the damaged hard drive.

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My grandson wanted to install a game on my computer and after the install, it wouldn't play. Got the error message that the operating system failed to provide the window to render the game graphics in. From what I could readm I needed to update my graphics. To make a long story short, I downloaded and installed an update for my Intel(R)82915G Express Chipset Family. Now everything on my computer comes up small. Every word, every window, every message box, every web page, everything. It is driving me crazy. Any the stupid game still doesn't work anyway. Can anyone help me restore the original settings?
BTW, I am running Windows XP

A:Help restoring things to original size

Have you tried setting to a different resolution? Right click on an empty space on the Desktop. Click Properties on the drop down menu. Go to the Settings tap on the DisplayProperties box that pops up. Move the slider bar to the left a notch or two until it says 600X800. Click Apply and OK. That should put you back where you can see it.

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When I bought my HP PC 3-4 years ago it came with Windows 7 for sure, Home Premium version I believe. Because my wife was using it as her work PC they 'upgraded' it with their version of Ultimate Windows as well as other modifications as well to allow her to connect to their cloud and operate on their network. Since she has a new computer for work, I would now like to restore mine to its original state. I have the label with the Windows license keys. What is the best way for me to wipe it clean and get back to its original state? I never made a recovery CD, I never had Windows cds

Thank you

A:Restoring to original Factory state

You can do a clean install which would not include all the factory bloatware that came pre-installed.
This tutorial by gregrocker has everything needed including where to get the Win 7 installation ISO.
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Read through it and see what you think.

If you want the original factory install including all the HP bloatware, you may need to tap F11 at bootup to see if the recovery partition still works.
You can also search this HP site for additional recovery help:
Search | HP? Support
I think you need to give more product info than "HP Pavilion DV6" to do a search...

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Lost my MBR and system disk partition. Had my data backed up before but could not restore automatically.

Reinstalled a new WINNT system, a few utilities and manually copied the programs and documents that were backed up. I'd like to restore the system to its original state, if it is possible. What files should I copy from the old (WINNT) operating system so that I can recreate the old system without having to reintalled te original programs.
Should I, or can I -
Merge or import the old Registry.
Simply replace the system file in \WINNT\config\
What about the software, SAM and SECURITY files in there ?
How do I treat the *.DAT files in there too?

And what about the sub-folders & files in the Documents and Settings folder?


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I did something - a long time ago, I don't remember what it was, unfortunately.

I haven't been able to use the alt keys for all that time. They exhibit erratic behavior - I think the left one functions like alt-f4 and the right one... sometimes opens the right-click mouse menu then a sub-menu?

It's hard to pin down, especially when it tends to fool with (or shut down) the file you're in when you're trying to test it.

What I'd really appreciate would be instructions on how to firmly establish what the keys are currently set to and how to compel them to do what they ordinarily do.

My thanks in advance!

A:Help restoring alt keys to original functions

You could give this a try. Reset Keyboard settings to default in Windows 8 / 7

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I'm new to windows 7 - which I don't like. Also don't like new laptop but I'm stuck with it till I can save for something else. I wanted to change the default font on the desktop. And after looking around found that you can change the font type by going to personalize, colors, advance. You can't change the desktop font but you can change it for different areas such as the start menu and desktop icons. So I changed the font style to Arial Black for both. But I don't like it. It's too large. But now I cannot seem to restore it back to it's original settings.Can someone tell me how to restore the settings back to default? There's no default setting listed. Thank you,Ziva

A:Messed around and need help restoring change to original

What happens when you try to set the font back to Segoe UI?

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My computer does not play the media player for music. I just wanted to restore the original computer defaults so the systems will work. Can someone tell me how to do this?

A:Restoring original computer defaults

If you go to start>music>right click any song and choose "open with".

Then choose "choose default program", if WMP is in that list, select it..

If it's not in the list select "browse"

Then find WMP, select it...

Make sure to put a check in the box "always use the selected program to open this kind of file".....

good luck!

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The harddrive on my TimelineX 4830 laptop stopped working, so i bought a new hard drive. I tried to make a bootable key for win7 with the product key on the back of my pc, but when doing so it said that i have to contact the manufacturer to get the info needed to restore my win7.
Do i need another product key or what do i do?
Thanks on beforehand
[edited for privacy-please do not post personal or unique information such as but not limited to full names, email addresses, phone numbers, full serial numbers, etc.]

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I need a piece of advice about restoring files.
I used to have regular backups on network drive when used Win 7 in past. I just did a clean install of win 8. I can see backup folders date wise in the network drive. Each folder shows a sub folder with name Catalogs, Backup files 1, Backup files 2 and Backup files 3. These folders contain the whole system data including documents. How can I retrieve documents from these in Win 8. I will appreciate help.

A:Restoring files from a backup created in Win 7 to after Win 8 upgrade

Finally I could recover my files using 7 Zip from the backup folders created in windows 7. I did not try but methods also exist to extract files from image files in both win 7 and 8.

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I have an ASUS laptop that has started running slow even tho I have run cleaners and virus scans etc. I don't have anything on there that I am concerned about losing. (Pictures, downloads etc.) I have decided I want to wipe the computer clean except for the Windows 7 operating system. I have burned a Windows 7 repair disk,. but have no other disks that came with it. I do have the product key for the OS.
How do I wipe the hard drive clean and reinstall Windows 7?

I do have a good link to a torrent of Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit addition. Which I assume I need to download and burn to disk???
From there,. what do I do to format my laptop to it's original factory state or with just the Windows 7 OS?
Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

A:Restoring my laptop to original factory state.

Hello StarvingArtist , Welcome to the Forums , on page 12 of the manual for your computer are directions for restoring your computer. ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download K40IJ scroll down to manual Version E4564 use Global link.. unzip it.. by extracting all. open with adobe. and on page 12 is how to restore computer.
Let us know if you have any issues doing this.. but.. do not use a Utorrent ISO ..

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I need assistance reinstalling the software which came with my insperion 20 all in one. I have not had internet service for over 9 months and when I finally was able to get back service, all the updates must have caused chaos in my computer as I'm having issues...including: not able to open a window (it will try to open a million and create a short cut on my desktop but the window never opens), I can not download dell detect, functions like recovery are not working (times out) and so forth. Irealize being off line for 9 months is an issue but I was unemployed and had to make some unfortunate inconvient decisions. My all in one didn't come with a disc. At one point I was running windows 10 but that isn't an option anymore either. Any help you have for me is so appreciated and needed.
Model Inspirion 20-3043   Windows 8 though it sometimes shows 8.1?
Thank you in advance,
Maria Potts

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after installing a lot of dekstop themes,my windows log on/offf/shut down/boot screen"welcome screen".....all changed to another...the problem now is ..i need to set up a new win xp package ...this boot screens conflicts with setting up the new one as there is a problem in the kernel..it doesn't identify it as a microsoft file...got my problem??!!!...please help me to restore my win xp default boot screen..log off...extra so i can set up my new windows normally..

i was facing the problem of not being able to connect to the internet for trojan removals reasons...after sick of not having a solution..i decided to reformatt or set up a new windows...now i can'tdo this either....

A:hELP ME in restoring my original win xp boot screen...help its critica!!!!

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After an AMD update system froze at HP screen, could not get win 10 to load or restore from previous date. Used the F11 HP/Cyberlink recovery manager to backup files to discs. Recoverd system to factory settings, Updated win 8.1 then upgraded to win 10. After all updates used recovery manager to restore backup files. It placed them into a folder on my desktop. I have been unable to find instructions how to restore these files to their proper location. Please Help

A:Restoring files created by HP/CYBERLINK Recovery manager Win...

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The most frequently preferred methods I have for viewing files in folders are alphabetically, and order of addition or "date created", respectively.
While the former has always been a standard option whenever attempting to set a folder's preference to "Arrange Icons by" , Date Created by default is never among the options, and instead must be continually added through the "choose details" option.

I've tried setting this repeatedly through the Control Panel's Folder Options, but it never seems to take, and/or remain a simple default option, among those intially provided whenever right- clicking in any folder to arrange. What gives?

Additionally, I've used the "modified" option, and found it rather handy, but applicable only for a single use, as it continues to modify the views. If a new file is again added to the folder, finding it through the modify view becomes a shell game.

A:XP Arrange by:Date Created

Replying from memory - There are a huge range of additional properties available per file, and you can see these in folder options as you found. But it's all an illusion, as they require versions of file structure beyond the NTFS version that XP understands. You need advanced servers, and the maintenance overhead is enormous, so much so that the options were available in XP but never implemented, and are not implemented by default in any later windows version either. Even date created is not maintained quite as you expect I suspect. So you are out of luck.

Similar http://www.techspot.com/community/topics/getting-original-file-timestamps-and-dates-back.167350/ and others at the right-hand side. See the 'Similar topics' panel

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Hi guys.

hope you can help at a loose end.

my laptop's motherboard packed in around month ago, was just cheap so not worth replacing, my mum had an old pc kicking about so have hooked that up to a monitor.

now its not been used since 2006 and its full of crap, so i thought maybe best to either re-install windows or flash the hard drive.

problem is im trying to go into to advanced boot at start up,but when i do my monitor isnt picking up any kind of signal to the point where after a few minutes it just starts windows anyway.

basically ive never done this before and need to know the best way around this problem or is there another way that i have missed?

thanks in advnace.

A:Problems restoring hard drive to original state.

The "advanced startup menu" is usually accessed by tapping F8 at boot time, but on some computer's F8 does nothing.
Instead, at the manufacturer's splash-screen, you need to trigger the "Switch Screen" option by pressing the Esc key, or whatever key it says to press for "Switch Screen" when the splash-screen appears.

The screen should then switch to the Windows Advanced Startup Options.

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please can someone help!! i brought a second hand gateway w340ua laptop on windows vista home basic, i think it has a virus as it runs really slow and keep freezers, i would like to restore it back to like new i haven't got a disk as was second hand , and have been trying for days, with no success please can somebody help, if you can can i have a step by step guide. thank you

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My exchange server administrator copied all my folders (stored on server) to a new account. Now the archive command can't seem to find any files to archive. The copy reset the "created" date of all my messages and archive uses that instead of the received date. Can anyone supply a VB script that goes through all folders changing the created date to the received date? I've got a lot of folders.


A:Change Outlook Msg Created Date?

HAve you tried mailbox repair?

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I downloaded this program called XP Visual Tools, I changed our Logon screen with this program, but then I uninstalled it because... I wanted too. Now anyway we all have to log on and off the old-fashioned way, by typing in our usernames and pw's, and we don't get the nice little Windows GUI anymore. How can I fix this? I know I can use a restore point, but then XP Visual Tools Would still be on my PC, and I want to get rid of it.

In case you don't know what I'm talking about here it is: http://www.cronosoft.com/download/xp_visual_tools/

A:Solved: Restoring Original Windows Welcome Screen After Using XP Visual Tools

Give this a try:

Control Panel>User Accounts>Change the way users log on or off> and put a check in "Use the Welcome screen".

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Running XPSP3, 512/RAM/Compaq Presario:
Avast Antivirus/PCTools firewall/Spywareblaster/Spybot/Ad-Aware/HijackThis- system is clean
Upon booting, no sound-tried getting to device manager to no avail, so my friend decided to go back to the original factory configuration(saved all documents)-

After reboot, I deleted all previous remnants of Java, then reinstalled new Java, and some programs, however:

I cannot update Windows- when I go to update.microsoft.com, it tries to check my software and hangs/freezes, forcing me to reboot

I cannot update .NET framework( I receive different error messages)

If I try to search for a file/folder, it keeps searching, never stops- same thing happens when I try to scan for spyware

Does not remember any passwords for Outlook Express

Freezes constantly, forcing me to do task manager- and/or hit power off button

I've defragged, cleaned registry, cleared all temp files/cookies

Would appreciate any help you can offer-

Thanks in advance!

A:After restoring pc to original factory condition, Windows freezes-nothing works

If you went back to factory configuration...how is it that MS.NET is on your system?

AFAIK, it does not come preinstalled on a system...since it's not necessarily a requirement for any system.

In any case, the best thing to do for that...is uninstall all previous/current versions/updates relative to it...and then download the 3.5 SP1 version directly from the MS.NET website.

What model Presario?

How was this return to original factory configuration accomplished?


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Here's the problem:

I purchased two Windows 8 Pro Keys from Microsoft, one for myself and one for a laptop I sold. Unfortunately, after I upgraded to Windows Media Center, I lost track of which key belongs to my laptop. Since a new key was generated for my installation with Media Center, I have no idea how to determine which original key belongs to my laptop. Any ideas on how to determine the original key would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

A:Finding Original Win 8 Pro Key after Media Center Upgrade

Try this vbs script---

ShowKey v1.3.vbs

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